NCLD Releases 2011 Edition of “State of Learning Disabilities” Publication

 July 28, 2011
Posted by M&LAdmin4

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) released its biennial report: State of Learning Disabilities: Facts, Trends and Indicators. The publication provides the authoritative national and state-by-state snapshot of learning disabilities (LD) in the United States, and their impact on the ability of students and adults to achieve educational success and employment. State of Learning Disabilities also clarifies what a learning disability is and explains the common misperceptions associated with LD.
The report documents significant advancements for students with learning disabilities as well as continued challenges facing older students, college students and adults with LD.
Key Findings
• The number of school-age children with learning disabilities has declined by 14% during the last decade.
• 2.5 million public school students have learning disabilities and are eligible to receive special education – representing 42% of the 5.9 million students with disabilities, down from a high of over 50% a decade ago.
• Learning disabilities do not include conditions such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, intellectual disabilities, autism, deafness and blindness, yet such conditions are often confused with LD.
• More students with LD are graduating with a regular high school diploma (64%) than only a decade ago (52%) and fewer students with learning disabilities are dropping out of school (22%) than in 1999 (40%).
• Students with LD attend postsecondary education at lower rates than their non-disabled peers. Only 10% of students with learning disabilities enrolled in a 4-year college within 2 years of leaving high school.

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